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Hebe

Once you get to know this eternally appealing genus, it is easy to see why it was named after the Greek goddess Hebe who symbolized youth and immortality. With trim, tidy habits that convey a chipper attitude, our evergreen selections hail from New Zealand, serving up an irresistible dose of small dapper leaves aligned in alternating pairs all year long, and from summer until fall slender tapered racemes borne at foliar axils. Indispensable for seashore gardens, these former members of the Veronica genus make top-notch container plants in colder climates, appreciate a light spring shearing and can handle wind, some drought and sunshine galore.

A pint-sized gem tailor-made for a small spot, ‘Champagne’ offers neatly arranged, tiny slender leaves in deep olive-green and purple hues dramatically set off by wine-colored stems, and quantities of white spikey blooms tinged with mauve.

This handsome Hebe quickly fashions a low spreading frost hardy ground cover that guarantees year-round appeal whether it’s positioned in the rockery, in a container or clipped as a small hedge.

Blooms August–early November.

Size: 2' 0" high x 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 8.

Known as the Boxwood imposter, this strong growing, compact Hebe is the perfect choice for hedging or topiary. Shoot tips and small, stiff pointed green leaves show off polished yellow-tinged hues while densely clasping light, sunny green stems. If left unclipped, it still looks impeccably ordered, forming a perfect little bun that occasionally cuts loose with white tapered blooms unfurling from green buds.

Blooms May–June.

Size: 20" high x 2-1/2' wide.

Hardy to zone 8.

Indigenous to New Zealand, this sprawling, easy-to-grow evergreen shrublet is full of charm. Prized by florists, its smooth, arching and lengthy black stems seem to sparkle with small, silvery blue-green leaves that are neatly arranged in closely set, opposite pairs. Featuring a wiry demeanor, unique colors, and in summertime, pale lilac flowers, ‘Quicksilver’ adds an inspired contrast to Thymus ‘Pink Chintz’ and Miscanthus ‘Little Kitten’.

Blooms June–July

Size: 12" high x 2' 0" – 3' 0" wide.

Zone 7/8.

<i>Hebe recurva</i>

Shrouded in hushed gray-greens, Hebe recurva’s rounded visage conveys its composed character. A bushy array of glaucous, sickle-shaped narrow leaves, whose tips curve downward, elegantly garbs the red-tinged, slender stems and come summer, broadcasts infinite, snowy white Veronica-like spikes. One of the hardiest Hebes, this cool-colored shrub will easily fit in any garden, and looks especially alluring when sited amid Geranium lancastriense and Helianthemum ‘St. Mary’s’.

Blooms June–July.

Size: 2' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 8.

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Our Featured Plant: Echinops bannaticus ‘Taplow Blue’

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Exceptional Echinops, Plants to freshen up your August garden, Saturday Strolls!

Exceptional Echinops!

The striking floral orbs sport either frosty white, cobalt blue or metallic-blue shades, while perched atop sturdy erect stems with handsome jagged-edged foliage. Cherished by pollinators, floral designers and gardeners alike, Echinops thrive in sunny, well-drained niches, though are tolerant of poor soil as well as rock-strewn or sandy sites. These undemanding European natives are perfect candidates for a formal border, cottage garden, meadow-style planting or a cut arrangement. Be sure to check out our online Echinops offerings.

Cool colors for your summer plantings….

Icy white, pale pink and chartruese shades perk up our August borders, while effortlessly blending with just about any color imaginable. These composed hues provide our eyes with bright, yet soothing focal points and an overall beat-the-heat ambience! Some of our cool-down favorites include: Echinops, Sidalcea ‘Elsie Heugh’  Euphorbia mellifera, Kniphofia ‘Green Jade’, Phlox ‘David’ and Tanacetum ‘Isla Gold’. I’ve also featured a handful of richer-toned flowers that I discovered on my early morning walk today. We hope you’ll try sprinkling a few of these perennials amid your landscapes and enjoy both their tranquil or more spirited effects.

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